Road & Rail

Rail Travel to Scandinavia on the Rise

Kate Webster

Rail Europe GSA bookings are showing a steady rise in the number of travellers visiting Scandinavia, according to distributor Rail Europe.

The biggest highlight of rail travel in Scandinavia over the past few years has been the Northern Lights, however, booking records show that this year, the launch of the Eurail Scandinavia Pass has encouraged travellers to spend more time exploring the region.

Manager Australasia of Rail Europe, Ingrid Kocijan, said while Scandinavia hasn’t traditionally been the top destination for many rail travellers from Australia and New Zealand, the introduction of the Eurail Scandinavia Pass has certainly encouraged the surge in numbers.

“Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland are not the most affordable countries to visit when one is deciding on a European holiday, especially an extended one,” Kocijan added.

The new Eurail Scandinavia Pass was introduced earlier this year in a bid to encourage more travellers to Northern Europe, and since its launch, Rail Europe have experienced almost a 30 percent increase in bookings throughout the region.

Agents should note that the Eurail Scandinavia Pass gives travellers unlimited access to all of the four countries’ national rail networks at a fixed price with only seat reservations required on premium high-speed and night trains. However, agents can advise travellers that regional trains also operate routes serviced by premium trains and seat reservations are not required most of the time.

The Eurail Scandinavia Pass offers a choice of three, four, five and eight days within a one-month period. Prices start at $261 and children under 11 years of age travel for free with an accompanying guardian using the Pass. Adults also usually get a 15 percent discount with a Saver Pass for groups of up to five people.

Agents are reminded that Rail Europe tickets are distributed by Rail Plus, Rail Tickets, CIT Holidays and Infinity Rail in Australia. See www.raileurope.fr/wheretobuy for more details.

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